Category Archives: Selenium

Brazil Nut Trees: Selenium

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Selenium Supplements and Mood in the Elderly

A selenium deficient diet is known to increase the risk of mood disorders including anxiety and depression. A high selenium diet or selenium supplements can reverse a selenium deficiency and also improve mood. A number of studies have investigated the … Continue reading

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Selenium and Depression: The Alcohol Connection

Selenium is a trace mineral required for human health. The selenium content of the blood varies around the world depending on the selenium content of the soil. Evidence suggests that low intakes of selenium are a cause of mood disorders, … Continue reading

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Selenium and Mood: Mechanism of Action

Selenium is an essential trace mineral required as a cofactor for the glutathione peroxidase enzyme system. The glutathione peroxidase system is an important cellular antioxidant enzyme system and in this role protects the cell from oxidative stress. Selenium supplementation has … Continue reading

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The Effects of Selenium on Mood

Selenium intake may influence mood. Generally it has been evidenced that those individuals with a low selenium intake are at a higher risk of mood disorders including depression and anxiety. A number of studies have investigated the effects of selenium … Continue reading

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Selenium as A Treatment for Depression

Selenium is an essential trace mineral. Dietary selenium is required as a cofactor for the glutathione peroxidase enzyme. Glutathione peroxidase in an important cellular antioxidant and low levels of dietary selenium can cause significant decreases in cellular antioxidant defences. Low … Continue reading

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The Association Between Selenium and Mood

Trace minerals serve a number of physiological and biochemical functions and optimal intakes are pivotal to good health. A number of minerals are known to be useful in the treatment of  mood disorders. Zinc, magnesium and chromium have all been … Continue reading

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Selenium: Brain Friendly Nutrient

When selenium levels drop, the brain is preferentially supplied with any spare selenium. Further, as selenium levels drop in the brain it is known that certain neurotransmitters have their synthesis rates affected. This has lead to speculation that selenium is … Continue reading

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Selenium Improves Mood in Human Subject

Selenium is an essential mineral. One of the main roles played by selenium in human metabolism is as a cofactor for the antioxidant enzyme glutathione peroxidase. Low levels of selenium decrease the activity of glutathione peroxidase, and this decreases the … Continue reading

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Selenium and Mood

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